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Mustard seed Kingdom | Matthew 13:31-35

[31] He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; [32] and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 

[33] He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

[34] All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. [35] This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”

Matthew 13:31-35 (NASB)

More on the Kingdom

Jesus really wants His disciples (us) to understand what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. It is a kingdom so there are parallels to earthly kingdoms. But there are differences. He just told us about the wheat and weeds, He proceeds to give us two more today and more in v44-52. Tomorrow, in v36-43, He explains yesterday’s parable of wheat and weeds.

There seem to be two main interpretations of these two today and the previous Kingdom of Heaven parables. The predominant one is that they are prophetic – showing how the church of Christ will start small then spread everywhere. Some, like enduringword.com, consider it more a picture of the church where the weeds, birds and leaven represent corruption in the church. It’s good to have differences of opinion; it causes us to more carefully study His word and know Him better.

Mustard seed Kingdom

To me, I would agree more with the majority – that the church starts small then grows in impact. That is what I believe Jesus is trying to communicate. It starts small then becomes big – against all odds since a mustard seed usually produces a bush, not a tree. It also spreads to have an impact in every tonge, tribe, people (Revelations 7:9).

Leaven Kingdom

Likewise, the Kingdom of Heaven over time affects the whole world. Now is it that everywhere is Christian today? By no means. Does everywhere have access to the Gospel? Almost. I have friends who work with Bible Translation to help this prophecy come true.

Parable Prophecy

As was noted in our post, Why Parables?, based on Matthew 13:10-15, Jesus spoke to the crows in parables but interpreted them for His disciples – as He will do again in the next passage. This was to fulfill prophecy. 

RЯeflection

  • As in the previous post, the challenge to us is, what are we doing to make the Kingdom of God spread everywhere? There is always more we can do. What we have been called to do, we must do faithfully. 
Mustard Seed with Mustard Tree at the Behind. Image from kirupasanammedia.medium.com *
Mustard seed tree. Image from kirupasanammedia.medium.com *

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